A key action in ‘Our Chelmsford Our Plan’ and the ‘Climate and Ecological Emergency Declaration Action Plan’ is to undertake a greening programme to significantly increase the amount of woodland and the proportion of tree cover in Chelmsford through a sustained ten year tree planting campaign.
We have already planted some 14,500 young trees in winter 2019/20 and will be continuing with this 10 year planting plan this winter 2020/21. Planting projects are at various sites selected as part of the overall programme forming part of management plans unique to each site.
Planting takes place between November and March only, with aftercare for at least two following years. Trees are native British species, such as Oak, Wild cherry, Hazel, Alder, Scots Pine and Guelder rose and mixes are selected for each specific site. All young trees are whips, small seedlings, some 2 years old and grown in small pots that establish more easily than large trees. Aftercare includes removal of vegetation directly around each tree, putting down wood chip to act as a weed suppressant and some replanting if necessary.
Planting and aftercare sessions form part of our volunteer project programme, so if you would like to get involved this winter please contact us.